Kolkata Trams - Past & Present
In the year 1873, it was decided to run the Calcutta Tramways Service between Armenian Street Ghat and Sealdah but it was given a cold shoulder i.e. there were a very few commuters and hence the service was discontinued in the month of November. Later, in the year 1880 Kolkata Tram Way Company Ltd. was registered in London . Horse drawn meter gauge tram tracks were drawn from Sealdah to Armenian street through Strand Road, Dalhousie square and Bow Bazaar Street and was inaugurated by Lord Ripon. Approximately one hundred and sixty six tram cars, a thousand horses and seven stream locomotives were spread across nineteen miles of tram track. The electrification of tramways started at the beginning of 19th century and metre gauge were shifted standard track and Kolkata Tram was run for the first time from Esplanade to Kiddopore. In 1904, the route from Esplanade to Bagbaazar via College street was opened. In the year 1943, Kolkata system of tram was connected to Howrah , which was a major transition , thereby making the total length of tram approximately 70 kilometres.
Popular Tram Routes
Though slow moving, this medium of transportation is very popular amongst the locals and tourists visiting Kolkata . You can find it passing through the crowded streets. Today Calcutta Tramways Company with a fleet of 257 trams is making traveling and trasporation much easy in the city of joy.T hey are 17.5 metres long and 2.1 meters wide trams are divided into compartments. Each compartment with wide entrance has a seating capacity of 62. In total it can carry loads of 200 passengers.
Belgatchia to Esplanade, Via R.G.Kar Rd – Bidhan Sarani – College Street – Nirmal Ch. Street – Lenin Sarani
Shyambazar to Esplanade, Via Bidhan Sarani – College Street – Nirmal Ch. Street – Lenin Sarani
Bidhan Nagar to BBD Bag, Via C.I.T. Rd. – Maniktala Main Rd. – A.P.C Rd. – Surya Sen St. – Raja Rammohan Roy Sarani – B.B. Ganguly Street – Lalbazar Street
Gariahat to Howrah Bridge, Via Ballygunge Phari, Park Circus, Mullick Bazar, Moulali, Sealdah, College Street, Mahatma Gandhi Road
Tollygunge - Esplanade, Via Rashbehari, Hazra, Gopal Nagar, Mominpur, Kidderpore, Maidan
Over one hundred and twenty five Kolkata trams run every day in Kolkata out of the total two hundred and fifty seven trams which the government owns. The Kolkata trams have approximately sixty seats inside them and carry a passenger load of two hundred at least during the entire journey. Most of the trams were bought from the English Electric Company and Dick Kerr and Company till the year 1952 after which the production started being in India.
Kolkata Tram FaresTrams1st class – Rs. 4 & Rs. 5.00 (depending on distance)
2nd class – Rs. 3.5 & Rs. 4 (depending on distance)
2nd class (With fan attached) – Rs. 4 & Rs. 5.00 (depending on distance)
Kolkata Tram TimingsThe timings of electric trams are:
8-30---11-30 A.M. (during October to February)
7-30---10-00A.M. (during April to September)